Managing Mosquitoes on the Farm

bye-mosquito_490While most people understand the harm that mosquitoes can cause, some people in the rural areas have accepted the problems caused by mosquitoes as part of the rural life. There are, however, many reasons as to why you in your farm should strive to control mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are disease vectors. They are, for example, the major carriers of West Nile Virus in California and malaria parasites within the tropics. They also attack pets and livestock. Due to the hazards that are associated with mosquitoes, the property values in areas infested with mosquitoes drop significantly. This causes labor problems in such areas.

Control of mosquitoes can be done in two broad ways; control of mosquito larva and pupae and control of adult mosquitoes. Mosquito larvae normally live in water and adding chemical or biological substances harmful to the mosquito kills them. Adult mosquitoes live on land, either indoors or outdoors LARVAE AND PUPAE CONTROL



Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis is one of the most commonly used bacteria. The gut of the mosquito larvae activates the bacterial toxin. It is, however, harmful to some organisms such as midges and blackflies. Bacillus sphaericus is another bacterium harmful to mosquitoes. They are available in their live states and are very effective when used to control culicine mosquitoes.


Gambusia affinis is a small fish that feeds on mosquito larvae. It is not native to many places around the world, but mosquito control strategies have ensured that they are widespread globally. You as an ordinary citizen are not allowed to introduce this fish to your fish pond or water body by yourself. You should contact the relevant government department for advice



Since mosquito larvae develop in water, oil from a biological source can be poured into a water body where the mosquito larvae live. This will ensure that the larvae are deprived of oxygen and will die with time. The Golden Bear Oil is the oil that is used currently.

Growth Regulators

Some of the chemical substances can mimic natural substances that halt growth. Methoprene is one such chemical which when applied causes delayed development of the larvae. If the mosquitoes do not mature, they cannot reproduce.


Biological Control

There is currently not a very effective biological method for adult mosquito control. In as much as dragonflies, bats, swallows, and damselflies feed on adult mosquitoes, they cannot reduce mosquito populations to desirable levels. Having some swallow nests or bat nests on the farm is, however, desirable as every small step is helpful.

Broad-Spectrum Insecticides

Depending on where you stay, there are a number of broad-spectrum insecticides that the government has approved. Licensed public health officers are the only ones allowed to apply these insecticides. Most of these chemicals are harmful to most insects, mosquitoes, as well as other life forms. Pyrethroids and organophosphates are the two major components broad-spectrum insecticides. They have neurotoxins that affect the process of nerve cell development. Care must be exercised while handling these chemicals as they are harmful to human beings and livestock. Conclusion

Mosquitoes are undoubtedly some of the leading disease vectors ever known. Their adaptability to the environment and their effective survival skills has made mosquito control very difficult. Considering the harm they can cause to humans as well as livestock and pets, it is important that we keep fighting them. There are many ways of mosquito control, but where possible, biological methods should be prioritized


Farmers work tirelessly all year round as to produce yields which are of high quality. These efforts can however, be undermined by pests which destroy yields bringing about losses to farmers. To cab this pests destruction then pest control has to be introduced, and sustained others these pests will always strike causing lots of damage. Farm pest control is quite expensive and is often seen as a way of reducing overheads, but with pests destroying farmers crops the costs soon tend to add up. Pests damaging farmers crops are brought about by a number of animals which include: wild rabbits, moles, as well as rats.

Prevention of damage brought about by these pests in the long run saves the farmer a great deal of money. Rodenator is one of most efficient way of controlling pests. Should a farmer be aiming at wild rabbit control, mole pest control or even rat pest control the rodenator remains very effective. It is cost friendly and very efficient, as well. This rodenator method has been applied by very many farmers across the country. Rodenator solves wild rabbit pest problems very safely. Remotely ignites an exact mixture of gases which are explosive underground. Rodenator happens to be longest established, has been tried well, tested and is of course professionally supported and is recognized in destroying rabbit, rat and mole tunnel systems which are empty. The use of Rodenator has been approved by Defra and Natural England for legal use in England to control pests.

Pests can be controlled biologically, as well. This is whereby pests are controlled by controlling and managing natural predators, as well as parasites. An example is whereby mosquitoes are controlled by introducing a Bacillus thuringiensis species known as israelensis which kills the mosquito larva eventually controlling the number of mosquitoes in farms. Biological pest control aims at eliminating pests with none or causing very minimal harm to ecological balance in the environment.

There also mechanical ways of controlling pests. This is whereby equipments, as well as hand-on techniques are employed. We have tillage for example, whereby weeds are physically removed from the ground. Pests can be controlled by completely eliminating their breeding grounds. This is achieved by properly disposing off waste as well as draining still waters. In still waters pests tend to breed and by draining these waters pests breeding grounds are reduced, and the overall effect is controlling of these pests. There is use of baits which contain poison. This is very efficient especially in controlling rats population Meat containing poison have been used in killing birds, wolves which pose threat to crops. However, this is not very efficient because there are cases whereby ends up killing human beings instead. Farming fields in some cases have to be burnt after harvest This is especially so in sugarcane field as a way of controlling pests.

Pesticides are as well sprayed using either planes or trucks loaded with the spraying equipment. This kills pests damaging crops. Caution should however, be taken since some pesticides are carcinogenic causing cancer as well as other health complications while harming wildlife as well. There is soil steaming, which is a method of sterilization whereby pests are killed by hot steam induced into.